This majestic looking pilot watch is funding on Kickstarter now and available for the bargain early bird price of just $369 during the crowdfunding campaign and they are rapidly closing in on their funding target. It is a new kind of pilot watch which envelopes a stylised balance of sophistication and form and it has been crafted in dedication to the SR-71 Blackbird Aircraft.
The Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft and it serves as the design inspiration for this fantastically cool looking timepiece which is taking Kickstarter by storm.
The hallmark of this glorious looking watch from Wrist Lore bears distinguishable trademark features such as a distinct bezel which is a nod to the SR-71’s cockpit dials – specifically the inertial vertical speed indicators. With exposed black screws, red highlights that signify the center of gravity controls, a canteen lock protection system, chapter ring, and sleek defined lines – the goal was to simulate the ingenuity of the aircraft itself whilst staying aesthetically impactful on the wrist.
At 84,000+ feet in a moonless night sky the cockpit dials of the SR-71 would be illuminated in a celestial glow. Wrist Lore wanted to replicate this look by using the most ubiquitous name in watch lume – Super-LumiNova™. The Swiss Super-LumiNova™ illuminates the hands during darkness and is our equivalent of the SR-71’s Astro-Inertial Navigation System, which could see stars during both day and night and makes this a stand out watch on the wrist. In honour of the year the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was built, only 1966 pieces of each Blackbird edition colourway will be crafted and each watch will be individually numbered to make it unique to you. The model also features an engraved caption on the caseback reading “AUT VINCERE AUT MORI” meaning “Conquer or Die” which is a fantastic finishing touch.
Some of the stand out elements include the Miyota Cal.82SO open heart automatic movement, 100m water resistance, 316L surgical grade stainless steel casing and the Swiss Super-LumiNova™ dial.
Each Blackbird LE Automatic watch ships with a brilliant, premium collectors box which features a special book containing exclusive stories from SR-71 pilots, warranty card, stickers, and other bits and pieces that add to the experience of owning such a unique timepiece. Wrist Lore have created three distinct colourways to let you easily find your own style and personality. At the end of the campaign you can choose from either the Signature Black, Silver, or Rose Gold offerings. Also we would recommend you to check two our lists: best titanium watches and best black watches for men.